LOBO #1 Review

Does this version have what it takes to carry a monthly book? Read on to find out.

The official description from DC:

The all-new Lobo brings the ultraviolence to his new ongoing series! If the first few blood-soaked pages of this issue don’t shock you – nothing will!

Lobo 1_Variant CoverI closed the first issue of this new title with some mixed feelings. It’s true that it begins with a shocking introduction but the creative team quickly moves on to an insightful series of events that could inform this latest iteration. Add in the fact that this hard-hitting entry sets up a No More Heroes style arc with future destruction in mind and there might just be enough to compel an audience for this comic going forward.

In true New 52 fashion this version of Lobo is different than what many fanboys and fangirls have come to expect. But Cullen Bunn, as he did with Venom over at Marvel, demonstrates a grasp on this material with an interpretation that carries a few memorable aspects. I honestly feel that if people have no prior knowledge of this interstellar mercenary or his interactions within the wider universe of heroes and villains, then the author has a script that could turn some heads. But if you do, you might find this to be a bit underwhelming in comparison to what you’d expect.

For the most part the visual component does what it needs to do as Reilly Brown offers up consistent and functional renditions. From the random looking aliens to the landscapes they traverse, the comic exists with a sturdy enough display that should get better with each outing. There were a few instances where some of the panels could have used a more nuanced level of detail but the colors handed in by Pete Pantazis go a long way in excusing these minor hiccups.

Lobo #1 has a handful of moments that should spark interest but there are narrative issues that need to be worked out. However for the most part the creative team does enough right to skate by with a light recommendation from me.

  • + Consistent visuals.
  • + Engaging introduction.
  • - The story felt rather rushed.
  • - Needed more time within Lobo.

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